Owner Story: Take Care of Your Saturns, Because They Take Care of You

I have my first new car ever, and I love it: a 2006 Saturn Vue. It isn't my first Saturn, though. I had a 1995 Saturn SL2 that I drove into the ground. I bought it used, on the cheap, since it was a rebuild from a wreck. About 7400 original miles were on the odometer, and at $8700 it was too good to pass up, since it was only three years old when I bought it. I spent around $3000 bucks over the five years that I owned it, mostly to fix things that weren't repaired after the wreck it had been in.

I loved this little sedan! It was just the right size for me, it could seat five in a pinch, and it had all of the child locks etc. for transporting my son safely. It was great on gas mileage too. I had just finished paying off the loan on it, when we had the last snowstorm of the season on March 17, 2005. Yep, you guessed it. Saturn versus an oak tree on the side of the highway... unfortunately, the oak tree won the duel.

I had my son in the back seat when we spun out due to the crappy condition of the road. When we hit the tree, every single safety system worked perfectly! This is in a car that had been wrecked previously that was now almost 11 years old - and it had been indifferently maintained by me! I was so impressed by the car's performance during the accident that I went out and got another Saturn!

But I'm actually going to take care of this one this time!

Source: Macy

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Flashback Friday: First Saturn Sold Today in 1990

On this date in 1990, Saturn sold its first car. According to the St. Petersburg Times, the first Saturn - the blue SL2 sedan shown above - was sold just after midnight to Elaine Terry at Saturn of Clearwater. "I wanted an American-made car and decided to give it a try," Mrs. Terry told the newspaper. It was a 25th wedding anniversary present. USA Today and CNN were reportedly at the retail facility to document the event. "I kept it for 10 months and put over 5,000 miles on it. People all over the country wanted to buy the car from me. One man in Las Vegas was talking up to $100,000 for it."